President Jacob Zuma Sleeping in Parliament during medium term budget presentation.
The video which shows South African President Jacob Zuma sleeping in parliament during the 2016 mid term budget is symptomatic of a much larger problem of lack of respect for the public.
Gema Ruiz Puerto
A parliamentary committee says all MPs and peers should clear out of the national parliament so that major repairs can take place. But it's not just the building that needs attention.
How well prepared are federal MPs to undertake the arduous tasks that will confront them daily?
Unlike most occupations, MPs are not obliged to take part in any education and training programs to prepare them for their role.
Most of Australia’s women federal MPs sit on the opposition benches of parliament.
Australia is lagging behind other countries in adopting practical measures to achieve gender balance in public decision-making.
Australia’s political representatives have the ability to legislate on a wide range of matters. Marriage is one of them.
As the government hints the marriage equality plebiscite may be delayed until 2017, calls intensify for the parliament to legislate on the issue instead. So what is parliament's role here?
There is a clear disparity between the support of a party, in terms of popular vote, and parliamentary seats won.
Since 1949, most of Australia's governments received less than half of all primary votes cast, with some as low as 40%.
Five crossbench members of the House of Representatives will take their seats in the 45th parliament, including Bob Katter, Andrew Wilkie, and the Nick Xenophon Team’s Rebekha Sharkie.
After a slim victory, how the Coalition works with the crossbench MPs will prove important to the success and stability of the Turnbull government.
Parliamentary budget offices are considered international best practice – they are intended to bring more honesty to the budget process.
The scandal at Uganda's Parliamentary Budget Office shows that figuring out the proper roles, functions, internal controls, and capacities is more pressing than ever.
The Economic Freedom Fighters recently launched their manifesto in Soweto. Party leader Julius Malema (waving) is the master of political theatre.
Red berets, hard hats, overalls and domestic workers’ uniforms have become a prominent part of South African politics. But these are more than just props for the EFF political party.
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The government should resist the temptation to soften monitoring efforts aimed at MPs and their families and associates.
Delivering life lessons.
Mothering Sunday comes just once a year, but mum's help build the landscape of politics all year long.
Every language contains a unique, and irreplaceable, worldview.
Malcolm Turnbull's tears have drawn attention to harsh truths about the loss of Indigenous culture. As a nation we should embrace Indigenous languages.
Jeremy Corbyn wants UK politics to be less theatrical – but the Palace of Westminster is the perfect stage for confrontation.
South Africa’s Jacob Zuma is president of the country as well as the African National Congress. He is under pressure on all fronts.
It is unlikely President Zuma will announce a structural changes in his State of the Nation Address. This, despite education being in dire need of fundamental restructuring and an economy in decline.
Ready to pop.
By not only "outing" himself as a poppers user but emphasising their necessity, the Conservative MP for Reigate took a bold step.
Hilary Benn, in the middle of his “tour de force” speech.
Hilary Benn's powerful intervention is bound to have some people thinking about the future of the party.
All is not well in the Labour camp.
An almighty row has broken out about whether MPs should be whipped when the time comes to decide on airstrikes.
Malcolm Turnbull has implemented a ‘constituency Question Time’.
Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled changes to question time to give government backbenchers a new opportunity to pitch to their local audiences. It's quite a clever tactic.
Bronwyn Bishop resigned as Speaker following a controversy that brought the public’s trust in her office into question.
What can the new Speaker do to restore the Australian public’s faith in the office – and in MPs more broadly – after Bronwyn Bishop’s resignation due to a series of lavish entitlement claims?
The speakership has become so politicised in Australia that we’ve been blinded to the possibilities that having a truly independent Speaker might open up.
By making the speakership a political gift of the party in power, Australia is missing a major opportunity for democratic renewal of its parliament.